Configuration Theory as an (alternative) Enquiry System

LecturerProf. Stephan Henneberg
PhD, Queen Mary University of London, UK
with classes at 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 4 pm each day
Room/AddressTU Bergakademie Freiberg, Faculty of Business Administration (Schlossplatz 1)
Conference Room SIZ
Seminar contentConfiguration theory has received strong interest among researchers in different disciplines in the past years and has sparked a rich body of work. This two-day seminar focuses on configuration theory as an enquiry system to better understand business phenomena using complex causality considerations. The seminar will discuss the underpinnings of configuration theory (both ‘classical’ configuration theory based on strategy research as well as Qualitative Comparative Analysis) and the steps of configurational studies, using both qualitative as well as quantitative data. We will discuss both method articles as well as example articles for the application of this enquiry system. The seminar is ‘roughly’ delineated around a first day (24th Oct) on theory, and a second day (25th Oct) on application.
Preparation materialParticipants should prepare the following articles; in some of these you only need to read the pertinent sections covering configurational issues:
(1) ‘Classical‘ configuration theory
Dess, G. G., Newport, S., & Rasheed, A. M. A. (1993). Configuration research in strategic management: Key issues and suggestions. Journal of Management, 19(4), 775–795
Doty, D. H., Glick, W. H., & Huber, G. P. (1993). Fit, equifinality, and organizational effectiveness: A test of two configurational theories. Academy of Management Journal, 30(6), 1196–1250.

(2) Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): Theory and analyses steps
Furnari, S., Crilly, D., Misangyi, V. F., Greckhamer, T., Fiss, P. C., & Aguilera, R. V. (2021). Capturing causal complexity: Heuristics for configurational theorizing. Academy of Management Review, 46(4), 778-799.
Misangyi, V. F., Greckhamer, T., Furnari, S., Fiss, P. C., Crilly, D., & Aguilera, R. (2017). Embracing causal complexity: The emergence of a neo-configurational perspective. Journal of Management, 43(1), 255-282.

(3) Examples of configuration theory and QCA
Zaefarian, G., Henneberg, S. C., & Naudé, P. (2013). Assessing the strategic fit between business strategies and business relationships in knowledge-intensive business services. Industrial Marketing Management, 42(2), 260-272.
Forkmann, S., Henneberg, S. C., Witell, L., & Kindström, D. (2017). Driver configurations for successful service infusion. Journal of Service Research, 20(3), 275-291.
CertificateDoctoral candidates from the Faculty of Business and Economics, TU Dresden can earn a certificate according to § 9 of the Ph.D. doctoral regulations (PromO 2018):
Doctoral candidates of Business Administration: § 9 (1) Nr. 5 or 6
Doctoral candidates of Business Information Systems: § 9 (1) Nr. 6
Doctoral candidates of Economics: § 9 (1) Nr. 6

Doctoral candidates from other universities can earn a certificate as well.
Assignment(1) Attend all classes
(2) Participation in class and group discussions
(3) Consider implications of the configuration theory enquiry system for your dissertation project
RegistrationParticipation is limited (max. 15). 
To register send an e-mail to Dr. Uta Schwarz:
Phone: +49 351 463-33141